Thursday, 18 August 2016 - 10:25
Southern California Fire that Flared Up at 5 Acres has Covered 25,000
The fire in Cajon Pass was first reported as a five-acre blaze along a highway 13 miles northeast of San Bernardino.
So John McColly went about his business when he saw the smoke from Mountain High, a ski resort to the west of Wrightwood, where he works.
Kevin Foree, a roofer working in Bellflower, southwest of the fire, heard about the blaze, but he figured he would have no trouble getting home to Victorville, to the northeast.
But the speed of the Blue Cut Fire stunned even experienced fire officials.
Fed by a buffet of shrubs squeezed of moisture and coaxed by the wind, the flames roared through 2,500 acres, then 6,500 acres in a matter of hours. Evacuations were ordered and major highways, including the interstate that links Los Angeles and Las Vegas, began to close.